Kristen + Jon : Summer Antrim Wedding | Taneytown, Maryland

Kristen and Jonathan met through church and have been together for about 8 years… They were so excited to get married, move into their brand new house together, and begin their future as Mr. and Mrs!

It was a beautiful, slightly warm, sunny day at Antrim on the early afternoon of the wedding. Kristen, her sweet mom and sisters, friends, niece, and mother-in-law were getting ready together just inside the mansion. Before I popped in to see them, I spent some time capturing the beautiful gardens, fountains, and landscape outside. It’s always so beautiful!

I always love this portion of the day with so much anticipation in the air…

Jon and Kristen wrote letters to each other and gave gifts… Jon received new cuff links and Kristen was gifted a brand new pink Bible with her new name engraved on the front. It was so sweet!

Moments later, her daddy came in to see her for the very first time… It was such a sweet moment between the two of them. Kristen looked so absolutely beautiful!

After a few portraits outside before guests began to arrive, Kristen and Jon wanted to have a private moment to pray together without seeing each other. We tucked them into one of the rooms in the mansion downstairs so they could enjoy this tender sweet moment, just the two of them…

Their ceremony was so special. They shared in communion together, just after their youth pastor told their story, exchanged rings, kissed, and became officially Mr. and Mrs!

I loved taking their portraits around the grounds… The sky was starting to get a little moody and overcast, and it was about to rain, so we had soft diffused light and it was so beautiful!

Just as their reception began, it started to pour! The timing was perfect… Once it cleared up, we popped back outside for a few more portraits and continued to dance the night away!

Congratulations, Kristen and Jonathan! I know that God will bless you immensely! Thank you for including me in your special day!

Ashley + Eddie : Late Summer Cosima Wedding | Baltimore, Maryland

Ashley and Eddie are two rays of California sunshine, who decided to get married in Baltimore at Cosima with their closest friends and family. I love photographing weddings at this venue because the vibe is always so go-with-the-flow and laid back with an elegant and sophisticated feel. Guests always appreciate being able to mingle and hang out as if they were out at a bar or restaurant, because they want to experience all of the love and sense of togetherness throughout the evening. This space provides those feels to the fullest capacity!

I love the red brick of the buildings with the white window trim, the sound of the river flowing in the background… It’s got such a cool look and it’s super fun to photograph all of the angles and areas on the property!

Ashley wore two dresses throughout the day… Her wedding dress, and then another gorgeous timeless gown, both of which looked amazing on her… I loved finding different locations in the courtyard to photograph them before she got ready.

Just before their First Look at Cosima, Eddit hung out with his brother, dad, and friends at a hotel close by in Baltimore… Love his casual yet classy look, so handsome! He’s got awesome hair too and such a great smile.

Ashley got ready with her sister and friends… I loved the moment her mama first saw her. Her daughter literally took her breath away… Ashley’s gorgeous smile was just so radiant, she looked absolutely beautiful!

Photographing their First Look and portraits was so fun… They’re so great to photograph because they just let loose and allow themselves to be totally in their own moment together.

I’m totally obsessed with Eddie’s pocket-square of flowers…

And Ash’s sister’s super fun dress from Anthropologie was so eye-catching and cute, she looked so pretty in it! She was so happy for her sister and attentive to whatever she needed throughout the day…

Ash and Eddie chose not to have a bridal party, but her girlfriends arrived and all lined up to see her for the first time at once, and it was such a cute moment!

They each took turns saying a little something about her, how beautiful she looked, how happy they were for her, and how much they cherished her and their friendship… it was so sweet.

I loved their ceremony space setup, and those lanterns were stunning! Ash wanted to incorporate a little “California” into their decor, hence the palms… the perfect touch!

Their ceremony was beautiful with hand-written vows and of course, laughs… I love how their guests gathered around with their cocktails and watched as the ceremony took place.

The new Mr. and Mrs. shared a sweet little moment together as Cocktail Hour was beginning… Passed dishes and stations were enjoyed at Cosima before the remainder of the reception was held in the Heron Room just across the courtyard. Cosima’s food is amazing!

After speeches from their siblings and everyone had eaten, it was time to head to the Heron Room for dancing, dessert, and more drinks! Eddie’s mom put together a Pittsburgh tradition - a Cookie Table! She made most of the cookies and everyone was able to take some home… They were so delicious, it was hard not to grab one whenever I’d walk by…

It was such an absolute joy to be part of their wedding day and I am so grateful to know these two! Wishing them nothing but the absolute best!!!

Second Photographer: Mary Brunst Photography
Florist: Crimson + Clover
Planning: Alyssa Thomas Events
Hair and Makeup: Aimee Decker Beauty
Wedding Gown: Poppy & Rose Bridal
Venue: Cosima and Heron Room

Allison + Dave : Fells Point Engagement Session | Baltimore, Maryland

Meet Allison and Dave, a super cute couple, sweet, personable, and fun, with fun style with a little edge. Something about them vibes me the vibe that they like to channel an inner badass from time to time, which I just love… Together they love spending time with family and friends, chillin’ at home with their Border Collie pup Harley, and enjoying a good champagne on the regular…

My time with them was awesome… We walked around Fells, enjoying the warm late summer breeze and golden sunlight on the harbor. I loved the yellow pop of Allison’s dress in these shots, and they’ve both got great hair too, so that’s fun. :) We appropriately ended at V-No Wine for a glass of champagne before ending the evening with a beautiful sunset…

Enjoy some of my favorites from our session together!

Mueller Family : Spring Meadow Station | Upperco, Maryland Family Portrait Session

Katie and Pat scheduled a portrait session with me sometime last year and we kept having to reschedule between unexpected life situations and RAIN! And even though we were finally able to carry out a session successfully and precipitation-free, it literally poured cats and dogs on our way home from the evening of the shoot! We joked that it wouldn’t have been fitting if it hadn’t rained… :)

This sweet little family is so fun to spend time with… They decided to photograph at Spring Meadow Station in Upperco, MD because they go there often for family dates and ice cream! Their little girl, Aubrey, is such a cutie and loves to explore and hang out with mom and dad. She warmed up to me so quickly, and ran to give me a hug right when she got out of her car seat before we got started! It made my heart melt!

We walked around the greenhouse, saw their little collection of animals (bunnies, ducks, llamas, and goats), and finished the evening with some ice cream and a snowball!

It was so much fun and was so nice catching up with Katie and Pat after their wedding last year. Just as we were finishing up, the storm clouds began to roll in and it was time to go home… That evening, Katie texted me saying Aubrey loved picture time with Miss Kirsten and wanted to sing me a song, so apparently began to sing me “Silent Night” as she was going to sleep, hehe.. Again, heart melted! :)

Some of my favorites from the shoot…

Cheers to summer, sweet icy treats, and to the love of a precious little family!

Tidd Family : Welcome Baby Trevor | Hanover, Pennsylvania Lifestyle Newborn Photography Session

Right when I pulled up to the Tidd family’s beautiful home, sweet little Nora’s face was popping through the window next to the front door… As I walked up the steps, the front door opened for me and her cute little face peeked out from behind the door with her hand up against her chin, red painted finger nails and an adorable little braid and clip in her hair…

Right away, she began to tell me all about her brand new baby brother Trevor and how she was so excited and ready for her pictures… She wore a “Big Sister” t-shirt to match Trevor’s “Little Brother” onesie… She was so proud and such a helpful sister, tucking him in with his warm blanket and “shhh”-ing him as he cooed.

After a few photos all together, it was time for Trevor to have a bottle, so right way Nora got situated on the sofa to hold and feed him. It was so precious to watch her interact with him… She kissed his head and squeezed his little hands, and made sure the bottle was situated properly for him.

Then once he was ready for his mommy to burp him, Nora picked out her favorite books to read to her family! She was so animated and excited and it was so fun to watch… :)

We took a small break to play and do a few puzzles in Nora’s room while baby Trevor got changed. I loved just watching her do her thing, play, read the letters and numbers, and enjoy being in her space with her toys and all of her favorite things…

Trevor took a little nap in his crib and was snuggled even more by his loving family before having a few special photos taken with just his sweet mama.

One of the most special parts of my job is being invited back into the lives of my clients and friends during the most impacting and special times in their lives… It was so cool to see Nora grown up so much after photographing her in her mommy’s belly, and now she’s a big sister! I love this sweet family so much and was so grateful to capture this precious morning together, and can’t wait to watch as Trevor grows! :)